This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for December 1.

* California
* Los Angeles RBA
* December 1, 2017
* CALA1712.01

-Birds mentioned

“Eurasian” Green-winged Teal
Red-necked Grebe
Pacific Golden-Plover
Ancient Murrelet
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Glaucous Gull
Red-throated Loon
Little Blue Heron
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Northern “Yellow-shafted” Flicker
Prairie Falcon
Pacific-slop Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher
Tropical Kingbird
Clay-colored Sparrow
“Red” Fox Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed “Pink-sided” Junco
Black-and-white Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Palm Warbler
Painted Redstart
Summer Tanager
Black-headed Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak

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This is the Los Angeles Rare Bird Alert for December 1.

The “EURASIAN” GREEN-WINGED TEAL at the San Gabriel Coastal Basin Spreading Grounds in Pico Rivera continued through November 27. The LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL continued here through November 24 and a GLAUCOUS GULL was found here on December 1 on the south side of the north basin.

Another “EURASIAN” GREEN-WINGED TEAL remained along the LA River adjacent to the Bette Davis Picnic Area in Glendale through November 28.

A RED-NECKED GREBE continued at Castaic Lagoon through November 29 and a RED-THROATED LOON was seen there on November 25.

The PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER at Dockweiler State Beach in El Segundo was seen through November 26. It has been near the Snowy Plover enclosure.

The ANCIENT MURRELET at the Cabrillo Marina was reported through November 26. Viewing spots include from the end of Whaler's Walk and at the 22nd Street Landing.

San Clemente Island produced a LITTLE BLUE HERON present from November 24-26.

A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was at the LA County Natural History Museum Nature Gardens on November 29.

An apparent NORTHERN “YELLOW-SHAFTED” FLICKER was seen at Hahamongna Watershed Park in Pasadena on November 26.

A late PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER was at Hopkins Wilderness Park in Redondo Beach on November 27.

An EASTERN PHOEBE was found at Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas on November 26 near Group Picnic Area 2. A PRAIRIE FALCON was seen nearby on the north side of Brackett Field.

At least two VERMILION FLYCATCHERS continued at the Castaic Sports Complex through November 29. Another continued at Hollydale Park in South Gate through November 28.

A TROPICAL KINGBIRD (last seen near the Ranger Station) and a PALM WARBLER (by the east end of the dam) continued at Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park in Harbor City through November 25 and November 29 respectively.

On November 24, Santa Fe Dam in Irwindale had a continuing CLAY-COLORED SPARROW north of the restrooms by parking area 5.

A “RED” FOX SPARROW and a continuing DARK-EYED “PINK-SIDED” JUNCO were at Rancho Sierra Golf Course in the Antelope Valley on November 26. At this locale, always ask permission to bird (perimeter only) at the club house.

WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS were at Montrose Community Park on November 29 and at the Mineral Wells Picnic Area in Griffith Park on November 30.

A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continued through November 25 in the willows in the meadow area at Madrona Marsh in Torrance and an EASTERN PHOEBE remained through November 25 under the large cottonwoods on reserve’s south side.

A BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER continued through November 30 at a residence in Studio City.

The PAINTED REDSTART at Culver City Park continued through November 26. It was last seen on the hill between Botts Field and the Culver Little League Field.

A female SUMMER TANAGER continued at the Village Green Condominiums (south of Rodeo Road and west of La Brea Ave.) in Los Angeles. It was last seen behind units 5343 and 5349 on November 25. This is private property but birders are welcome. Please be thoughtful of the residents.

Another female type SUMMER TANAGER was at Veteran’s Park in Sylmar on November 29.

Late was a BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK in Sierra Madre through November 29 and a BLUE GROSBEAK at Sand Dune Park in Manhattan Beach through November 25.

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Jon L Fisher
Glendale, CA
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